November 10, 2014

9 Reasons to Engage in Global Leadership Conferences

Often I am asked by peers, clients and community leaders about what conferences I attend and what value I see the most; especially now when we are having less free time, more responsibilities and often limited budgets to attend many global conferences. With excitement, I am getting ready for the upcoming 16th Annual International Leadership Association (ILA) Global Conference in San Diego, Oct. 30 – Nov. 2. WHY? My reasons are as follows: #1 Integration of a Wide Range of Sectors in One Place – Government, Business, Non-Profit, Higher Education, you name it! It is great to get a 360° overview on how today’s global business trends are impacting a wide range of industries, and where the biggest issues or concerns are coming that significantly impact day-to-day as well as long-term operations. #2 Global Best Leadership & Disciplinary Practices – If you are consulting for Fortune 500 companies, you simply must […]
November 10, 2014

9 Powerful Leadership Lessons by Sports Legends

As my book is progressing (I’ll disclose and reveal more details soon) around more than a dozen individual and team sports with professional coaches and athletes, I could not resist sharing the following nine powerful sports legends’ lessons that I learned early on in life thanks in part to my exceptional father, brother and first mentors in my life. 1. Muhammed Ali: “ Friendship… is not something you learn in school. But if you haven’t learned the meaning of friendship, you really haven’t learned anything.” It amazes me to see over the years how this statement has echoed in my personal and professional life in the self-discovery of friendships that I offered, nurtured and kept despite so many challenges. I learned that by being positive, loyal, genuine, supportive and honest, this granted me access to some of the most profound life-long friendships with many exceptional people. Brilliant, Muhammed Ali! 2. Ayrton […]
November 10, 2014

13 Leadership and Life Principles by Thought Leaders

As we are progressing with our career paths, we start to live our personal and professional lives based on specific sets of principles. We may not even be aware that some of the principles that we have already embraced are significantly contributing toward our decision process and overall success. Also, our continued adaptability for change will make us more ready and prepared for many aspects of “unknown” challenges ahead of us. “The only thing we know about the future is that it is going to be different”                              ~ Peter F. Drucker Looking closely at many role models and their tremendous successes in leadership, entrepreneurship, and Fortune 500 CEO’s such as  just to name a few, I arrived at the following conclusion: #1 Know “Who You Are” – When you know who you are, you are more aware […]
November 10, 2014

How to Be an Opportunity Maker: 7 Ways to Make a Significant Impact

Before I met Kare Anderson, I thought I figured this out: when smart, accomplished and successful people meet or get introduced to one another by friends or colleagues, they seek mutually beneficial opportunities to support and assist each other. These types of conversations often lead to opportunity seeking, which is slightly different from opportunity making. As soon as I started my first conversation with Kare, she opened yet another corridor in my already full of ideas, buzzing mind, leading me to the deeper Opportunity Making concept with a new twist. She was so clear and crisp in her delivery, with no extra words to spare in communicating the deeper meaning behind the Opportunity Making concept. Please watch this short TED talk to get a full picture of Kare’s powerful message. With other talents joined together for the greater good, we can make a tremendous positive social impact in the world TODAY! This […]
January 24, 2015

Authentic Leadership: 5 Key Elements to Lead with Authenticity

WHAT IS Authentic Leadership and why is it so important? In my humble opinion, authentic leadership is demonstrated through pure heart-led and centered on genuine, self-aware, mission, and value-driven leadership. Simply put, as you meet, speak and listen with thousands of wide-ranging leaders and influencers over the years, you start to recognize special patterns and common traits over and over. Further, you start to identify with that authentic voice, style and synergy within your own authenticity. It is magical because you can be a unique, valuable and tremendously impactful and authentic version of yourself among other authentic leaders. “Yes, in all my research, the greatest leaders looked inward and were able to tell a good story with authenticity and passion.” ~ Deepak Chopra Today as I am writing this post, I want to not only emphasize the importance of authentic leadership but also to honor some exceptional role models of authentic […]
January 24, 2015

#1 The Most Important Leadership Tool

By making a decision to click on this post you are falling into two categories: 1. A strong, passionate leader who is curious and wants to validate that you are already utilizing the most important leadership tool. 2. Not sure what the most important leadership tool is and how to leverage its power. Regardless of the category you fall into, I am glad that you stopped by. This information may help you as it has helped many others before. Through continued global travels, I discovered a new depth of yet another realm of my own capacity to practice even deeper and more profound compassion, gratitude and yes, unconditional love. WHY? It allows me to connect with people in such a profound, non-judgmental, open way so that linguistic, cultural, political, religious or age differences do not impose any limitations or barriers to sincere and open sharing of concerns or experiences of my audience. […]
January 24, 2015

6 Leadership Lessons From Powerful Women Leaders

As many of you know, I recently participated in and spoke at the 16th Annual International Leadership Association (ILA) Global Conference in San Diego. The exchange of ideas around the path to success in business (and life) was amazing. I especially found the Keynote address by Connie Matsui to be both thoughtful and inspiring. The theme of this year conference was conscious leading for global change through the emergence of our collective realities. It was an inspirational and transformational event, to say the least. The best part? I had an opportunity to network with some of the most influential thought leaders in the world. Here is what I have learned: 1. Be Courageous – Be your own champion, until others start to champion your success! It often takes a time to deliver a significant impact in an organization. Accordingly, it is imperative to stay courageous until you can prove what you are […]
January 24, 2015

5 Shades of 21st Century Leadership: Lessons Learned From Dalai Lama

A few weeks ago, I got back from sunny San Diego after attending the 16th Annual International Leadership (ILA) Global Conference. The theme of the conference wasConscious Leading for Global Change: Emergence of Our Collective Realities. Personally, I felt right at home; anything global with a diverse, inclusive, change conscious feeling about leadership seemed to me like a cherry on top of a decadent dark chocolate cake. Further, the global shift many of us anticipated a decade ago just hit the west coast and blasted through North America, all the way through over 40 countries. Jokes aside, it was a priceless experience! Why? In my blog “ 9 Reasons to Engage in Global Leadership Conferences”, you may find some real answers. But today, I am sharing something slightly different. I was happy to see the teachings and principles of Dali Lama are starting to gain big traction and success, not […]
January 24, 2015

Leadership in 2015: 7 Most Needed Skills

Recently, I had the opportunity to be a part of the 2015 goal setting and forecasting for an information technology company. While observing the room full of very smart executives, I could not stop thinking what skill set this organization will need within the leadership and management team to move in the right direction. To implement the goals and objectives according to the newly adopted plan, it was evident to everyone in the room that a new process, strategy, and execution plan would be needed. Before the long meeting was over, the whiteboard outline reflected essential ways to drive the results, in addition to a new proposed strategic approach. Later in a day, during our conversation in more informal settings outside of the conference room, I was asked to share my opinion on the top leadership skills needed to accomplish these objectives in 2015. After reflecting for a moment, I […]
January 24, 2015

Women’s Leadership Landscape: 4 Reasons Why We Can’t Wait Until 2085

Yes, women are making progress in the business, but that progress continues to be slow. Too slow. In a recent study conducted by the Center for American Progress, the role of women in the leadership landscape lags well behind other business trends. In the United States, women represent 50.8 percent of the population and hold 52 percent of what are typically considered “professional-level jobs”. However, women continue to be dramatically underrepresented in senior leadership roles. “In fact, it’s now estimated that, at the current rate of change, it will take until 2085 for women to reach parity with men in leadership roles in our country.” ~Judith Warner, Senior Fellow – Center for American Progress Wow, if that’s how long it will take to gain parity with men in leadership roles in the US, how long it will take in rest of the world? You may be surprised to learn that many parts […]
January 24, 2015

Power of Knowledge: 17 Questions to Ask Other Leaders

It is magical today in Colorado! New fluffy snow is a perfect addition to a Holiday Season full of celebrations, reflections, and yearly review. This moment is also dedicated to YOU; all the wonderful global professional, acquaintances, leaders, and friends that make the world better, more effective, and more purposeful, especially through business accomplishments and exceptional leadership – Thank You! As I am making tremendous progress on my new book that is being shaped in ways I never imaged possible, I want to use this opportunity to express my deep gratitude to the accomplished and successful professional athletes and coaches across more than seven top sports around the world! Your trust and belief in me assisted me to build unthinkable tenacity. I can’t wait to unveil more details with a full list of names beginning in 2015! Until then, I would like to share the simple, yet profound, a power of […]
January 24, 2015

Your Leadership Path: Where You Are vs. Where You Want to Be

After more than a decade of researching, reading, studying and curiously seeking the best practices for leadership development, I’ve found a fascinating range of traits that many seasoned leaders possess. Did you ever wonder how CEO’s of Fortune 500 companies become the CEO’s? Did they have a boss who encouraged them? Did they have an excellent role model that they followed early on in their career? Did they have a clear plan early in their career? How did they get on the leadership path to begin with? With that said, how is your path similar or different from theirs? Are you where you want to be? Of course, not all leadership paths lead directly to the C-Suite. However, they can absolutely lead to highly visible and influential positions within an organization or community. What I’ve learned by asking questions, talking to trusted advisors and reading a wide range of bios […]